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article imageNew York Film Critics name 'Boyhood' best film of the year

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 1, 2014 in Entertainment
The New York Film Critics Circle named "Boyhood" the best film of 2014, it was announced today (Dec. 1). "Boyhood" was filmed over a 12-year span.
Richard Linklater also took home the director prize for "Boyhood," while Patricia Arquette took the supporting actress honor for the same film. The way in which it was filmed and for the discipline it took for all involved will surely help boost "Boyhood," as award season progresses.
"Boyhood" is one of those rare films that came out early and is still a strong contender for awards. This type of win will help it get some headlines again. "Boyhood" was the big winner in New York as it won three."The Immigrant" won two, while "The LEGO Movie" won animated film. Top non-fiction went to "Citizenfour," the story of Edward Snowden.
The top acting awards went to performers who will now get put into the conversation for their respective categories. Spall in "Mr. Turner" was not in the same buzz as Michael Keaton in "Birdman" or Eddie Redmayne for "The Theory of Everything." But, his stock has now risen.
"Mr. Turner" is a film about British painter J.M.W. Turner, so, with that, add in eccentric. With the win for Cotillard, this will help her rise in the minds of voters. Right now, those minds in the actress category are focused on Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Rosamund Pike in "Gone Girl." Even former Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon in "Wild" has more buzz than Cotillard. The film in which she will be considered for is "Two Days, One NIght." She has already won an Oscar, too. She actually was awarded for two films, “Two Days, One Night” and “The Immigrant."
New York is not always an indicator of things to come, but they do raise eyebrows and give credibility to certain films, actors and actresses. A win in New York means a great deal.
New York Film Critics Circle winners:
Best Film
“Boyhood”
Best Director
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Best First Film
Jennifer Kent - “The Babadook,”
Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida”
Best Non-Fiction Film
“Citizenfour”
Best Actor
Timothy Spall - “Mr. Turner”
Best Actress
Marion Cotillard - “Two Days, One Night” and “The Immigrant”
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette - “Boyhood”
Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons - “Whiplash”
Best Animated Film
“The Lego Movie”
Best Screenplay
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness - “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Cinematography
Darius Khondji - “The Immigrant”
Special Award
Adrienne Mancia
Next up is The National Board of Review on Dec. 2 and the L.A. critics sound off on Dec. 7.
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